Rarámuri runner wins Puebla ultramarathon

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Marathon winner María Lorena.

Indigenous woman ran the 50 kilometers wearing a skirt and very basic sandals

It has taken more than two weeks for the word to get out, but today the news is circulating quickly about a 22-year-old Rarámuri runner who won an ultramarathon April 29 in Puebla.

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Nalcor blamed after 50 people airlifted out of Labrador community after flooding

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An aerial view of Mud Lake, Labrador. 50 people were forced from their homes because of rising waters. Photo courtesy Scott Hudson.

by Trina Roache, APTN National news, May 19, 2017

More than 50 people from the small village of Mud Lake in Labrador were airlifted from their community early Wednesday morning after severe flooding.

The community sits about 10 km from Happy Valley Goose Bay and sits along the Lower Churchill River, downstream from the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls. Read the rest of this entry

Body of Josiah Begg found in Thunder Bay, Ont. river, family confirms

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Josiah Begg’s family confirmed Friday afternoon that his was the body pulled from the McIntyre River Thursday evening. (Thunder Bay Police Service)

Begg, 14, disappeared while visiting Thunder Bay from his remote First Nation on May 6

CBC News, May 19, 2017

The family of Josiah Begg, the 14-year-old boy who has been missing in Thunder Bay, Ont. for nearly two weeks, says he was the person discovered dead in the McIntyre River on Thursday evening. Read the rest of this entry

The Federal Government Is Trying To Imprison These Six Water Protectors

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In February, a federal grand jury issued indictments of four Standing Rock water protectors on charges of Federal Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Crime.

The federal investigators accused the four men—James White, Brennan Nastacio, Dion Ortiz, and Brandon Miller-Castillo—of involvement in setting three highway barricades on fire, which obstructed police during a highly-militarized October 27 raid of the “Front Line Camp” just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Read the rest of this entry

Police pull body from river in Thunder Bay, Ont., during search for missing teen

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First Nations people gather at the McIntyre River Thursday night after the discovery of a body during the search for 14-year-old Josiah Begg. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Police cannot confirm identity, gender of body discovered during search for missing boy, 14

Individual Operational Readiness

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Protesters against Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, January 2017, equipped with as masks, shields and other gear.

by Sakej Ward

Do you have an impact on the “battlefield” or are you a liability? Do you possess a wide range of activist’s conflict skills? Are your skills up to speed? Not all activists are created equal.

The come-as-you are activist, the person who shows up at crisis events with intent to engage in obsolete, ineffectual, passive tactics that requires so very little skill and equipment (gear) is an amateur who treats the struggle for justice more as a social gathering (a crisis pow wow with endless opportunities to get selfies) than a war.

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Lenape Told by Town to Dismantle Protest Camp against Pilgrim Pipeline

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Ramapough Lenape Nation camp across the Ramapo River. Photo by Cliff Matias

Standing Rock–style Ramapough encampment under siege from surrounding Mahwah, New Jersey

by Alex Hamer, Indian Country Media Network, May 17, 2017

The New Jersey town of Mahwah has issued an ultimatum to the Ramapough Lenape Nation, ordering the tribe to take down the tipis it has assembled on its land in opposition to the Pilgrim Pipeline, which would bring Bakken crude from Albany to refineries in southern New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry

Reconciliation Is the New Assimilation: New NAIPC Co-Chair

Tamara Starblanket (Spider Woman), Cree, from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six Territory, Canada, recently accepted the international appointment as Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC). She was nominated by Indigenous participants from the U.S. and Canada attending the NAIPC gathering last March, there to discuss critical issues, find common ground and create a collective platform in preparation for the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York City in May.

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Keystone XL pipeline faces opposition from ‘historic union’ of Canada, U.S. Indigenous tribes

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Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation leaders signing declaration against pipeline Wednesday in Calgary

By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press, May 16, 2017

Tribes representing tens of thousands of Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will sign a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the Great Sioux Nation and Ponca tribe in the U.S. plan to sign their declaration at a ceremony Wednesday at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary — the city where pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. is based. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Women’s Warrior song #MMIW Event

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Keewatin Otchitchak Traditional Women’s Drum singing the Women’s Warrior Song, originally from the Sta’timc at Mount Currie, BC.